In my essay, Are Recruiters Inhibiting Recruiting?, I pulled together some personal experiences to form an opinion about where things were, and were going, in the recruiting industry. Let me emphasize this, as apparently this concept didn’t come through: these were my opinions based on my personal observations. Let me also emphasize that my intent had not been to slam, in any way, a specific recruiter, or indict the recruiting industry in general. Rather, I have been thinking about the apparent disconnect between the hordes of people looking for work, employers who say they can’t find the right people, and had what I believed was a “Eureka moment” as to one possible cause… and wrote about it.
Apparently my essay was, however, perceived as putting down the industry. Again I repeat: my intent had not been to denigrate the industry or any specific individual. Since the perception was, however, that I was doing so – apparently to the point that one commenter wanted to convince me that recruiters were not, and I quote, “the Devil incarnate” – I apologize.
In my contacts are any number of recruiters; several have become regular correspondents. One has, over time, become something of a friend and sounding board. I have been placed into several jobs by recruiters, and absolutely see them as aids and helpers in matching people looking for work with companies looking for people.
There will be more on this: I have gotten a LOT of information from a few different recruiters, and after I’ve assimilated it all will definitely write another essay. On the flip side, though, I’ve received a number of emails from job seekers who do see a similar pattern to what I’d initially observed. So the mix of information – after digestion and thought – should be interesting.
© 2014, David Hunt, PE